Wellstone Public Policy and Mental Health Series

Date:  Wednesday, October 30, 2013October 30, 2013
Time:  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location:  University of St. Thomas Opus Hall (MOH 201/202), 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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Free and open to the public. Registration deadline: October 23.

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Care for Mental Illness and Substance Abuse: Concerns and Barriers to Collaboration


Carol McDaid, Principal of Capitol Decisions, Inc. will present "Winning the Right to Treatment and Care for All." She will draw on her 25 years of experience in Washington working on health care reform, Medicare, Medicaid, mental health, alcohol and other drug addiction issues, and talk about mental health and addiction treatment policy challenges. The victory of the Parity NOW Coalition, that she managed, was behind passage of the 2008 “Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.” This landmark legislation requires insurers to treat addiction, mental, and physical health problems equally. She was also part of the effort to include addiction and mental health as mandatory benefits in the Affordable Care Act.

As a founding board member of Faces and Voices of Recovery, a member of the Betty Ford Institute Board, and the recipient of the 2007 America Honors Recovery Award, McDaid will also discuss the importance of strong grass roots organizing paired with insider knowledge and strategy in policy and legislative battles.


Program Schedule

11:00 am: Registration/Check-in
11:30 am: Lunch
12:00 pm: Welcome
12:15 pm: Keynote Presentation
1:15 pm: Panel Discussion/Reaction
2:15 pm: Closing Remarks
2:30 pm: Informal Networking


About the keynote speaker:

Photo of Carol McDaid, keynote speaker for the Fall 2013 Public Policy Mental Health Conference.Carol McDaid is the co-founder and Principal of Capitol Decisions Inc. With 25 years of federal legislative experience in Washington, Ms. McDaid provides her clients with legislative and public affairs consulting on issues that span the breadth of health care, including Medicare, Medicaid, private sector reimbursement issues, and comparative effectiveness research.

For 17 years, she has worked with non-profit drug and alcohol treatment centers, physician, and other consumer organizations to refine public policy addressing alcohol and other drug addiction.

Ms. McDaid managed the Parity NOW Coalition behind passage of the 2008 “Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.”  This landmark legislation requires insurers to treat addiction, mental, and physical health problems equally. McDaid also served as a strategist and legislative advisor to the successful coalition effort to include addiction and mental health as mandatory benefits in the Affordable Care Act.

Ms. McDaid is a founding Board member of Faces and Voices of Recovery. She serves on the Betty Ford Institute Board, and in 2007, received the America Honors Recovery Award. McDaid graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., with a BA in Political Science. She splits her time between Washington D.C and Richmond VA.



Harry G. Ford is from the North-side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He holds a baccalaureate degree in Religious Studies from Augsburg College and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Harry is a Licensed Marriage and family Therapist in the state of Minnesota. He has served as a lecturer at the University Wisconsin-Stout, and has lectured on many current issues related to culture awareness, work place and family policies, and clinical/helping skills training and development. Currently he is actively building community relationships to strength the community he lives in on the North-side of Minneapolis. Mr. Ford is the president and founder of TEZET. In January 2008, he founded TEZET (Self as a reflection of the Creator/Creation). It is who we are and allows for us to see our connection to creation. However, the intent and purpose of the sight is to show us that we are creators. Creators, created in the image of Creation.

Kristina Roegiers is the Director of Human Resources at Tasks Unlimited - a non-profit organization working to empower and support people diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness.  She personally contends with her own diagnosis of major depressive disorder, and this spring wrote an article in the Star Tribune discussing the many faces of mental illness.  Kristina currently resides in Mounds View with her husband, Brad; youngest son, Zachary; step-son, Brady; and has two older sons, Michael and Nicholas.

Bethany Snyder is Senator Franken’s health care policy expert in Minnesota. She is a proud native of Iowa, growing up near Des Moines. She received her BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Iowa. Upon graduation, she was awarded a fellowship at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and spent the next four years in Washington, DC, working for various women’s health organizations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Wanting to return to the great Midwest, she moved to Minneapolis in 2004 to attend the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, where she earned her master’s degree in public policy. She continued to broaden her expertise in health care policy as the Grassroots Director for the American Heart Association before joining Senator Franken’s staff in July 2009. She serves as the Senator’s liaison in Minnesota for health care- including mental health, public health, nutrition and hunger- and senior issues, to the arts community and to the LGBT community. Bethany lives in south Minneapolis with her partner Kris, three year-old daughter Elle, and wonderfully spoiled dog, Maddy.

Sheanne Scherber is the co-founder and Director of Lighthouse Dual Diagnosis Treatment, Education and Prevention Programs, a division of Northland Counseling Services. She has received degrees from the University of Minnesota in Psychology and Addiction Studies and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is currently completing additional graduate work with the University of St. Thomas’ Public Policy and Leadership program. Sheanne specializes in program development, clinical supervision, curriculum design, staff training, and treatment of adults, adolescents, and families facing co-occurring substance use and mental health conditions.  She believes that recovery is a constant pursuit of wellbeing that requires courageous lifestyle changes and is inspired daily by the strength of her clients.    

Parking Information

The City of Minneapolis Parking Ramp at 11th Street & Harmon Place allows for hourly parking for visitors, faculty, staff and students. The entrance and exit to the ramp is on 11th Street just west of Harmon Place. An electronic pay-as-you-leave system provides a convenient method to park and pay for the amount of time used. You may pay with credit card, cash, or currency.

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